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Rise & Shine: Can Detroit’s planned Montessori school entice parents?

Good morning!

It was just a few years ago that the Detroit school district launched a program that placed Montessori classrooms alongside traditional classrooms in a few school buildings. Now, the district is aiming for a first — a free-standing Montessori school that could attract students from across the district.

The school board this week approved spending $1.5 million to upgrade a district-owned school building currently occupied by GEE Edmonson, a charter school whose lease isn’t being renewed.

The building will reopen for the 2019-20 school year with grades K-3. District officials hope the school will appeal to parents whose children are enrolled in the Montessori program at Spain Elementary-Middle School, where it shares space with a traditional program.

Read my story here about the plan.

Also, check out my story earlier this week about a request state education leaders will make to lawmakers, asking them to delay the implementation of the state’s controversial new A-F letter grades law.

That law requires the state education department to develop a system for assigning letter grades to schools in multiple categories. The deadline: Aug. 1. By Sept. 1, the department must issue those grades.

Delaying those deadlines would give the state attorney general’s office more time to complete a review — requested by state education leaders — of the legality of the law.

Read on for more Michigan education news. And have a great day!

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter

Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox.

MONTESSORI SCHOOL Detroit’s school district is planning to create a “wall-to-wall” Montessori school and open it in the fall. Chalkbeat

A-F DELAY REQUEST State education leaders plan to ask lawmakers to delay the deadlines for complying with the state’s controversial new law requiring A-F letter grades for schools. Chalkbeat

SNOW DAY REPRIEVE? A good sign for school districts that lost days due to snow or the deep freeze: Legislation that would forgive some of those days cleared an important hurdle this week. Detroit News MLive

READING LAW How many third-graders will be held back next year because they’re a grade level or more behind in reading? No one is sure yet. Michigan Radio

MONEY ISN’T EVERYTHING A local columnist has a message for Michigan’s governor and her proposal to provide two years of free tuition for Michigan residents: Money alone won’t lead to more grads. Detroit News

STIFLING TEACHERS? The white teacher whose African American history class stirred controversy in a suburban Detroit school district speaks out. Bridge

BABY BUST This will undoubtedly create even more enrollment problems for Michigan school districts: The number of babies born in the state has dropped 18 percent since 2000. Bridge

NUMBER ONE The college of education at one of Michigan’s top universities has been named No. 1 in the U.S. for the 25th consecutive year. MSU Today

CHARTER HONORS These charter school teachers and leaders, including several from Detroit, are semifinalists for a big state award. MAPSA

PROTECTING LOTTERY REVENUE Michigan’s attorney general is getting involved in a national effort to protect revenue from the state lottery that helps funds schools. WLNS Michigan Radio